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How Much Is Too Much?
If you plan to join a few friends for a few drinks after
work, or if you still have that holiday office party to attend, you
might be wondering how much is too much in the eyes of the police
who enforce drunk driving laws. The West Windsor-Plainsboro News,
the community biweekly that routinely reports a dozen of more drunk
driving arrests in its police blotter section, was also curious. So
the paper dispatched freelance writer Diana Wolf, accompanied by a
bottle of Gewurztraminer wine (12.5 percent alcohol) and a designated
driver, to the West Windsor police station. There she simultaneously
got intoxicated and underwent exams to determine her level of
If you are thinking of drinking and driving here’s what you need to
know. First the legal limit now is 0.10 percent, but soon it will
be reduced to 0.08. How fast you reach that level depends on your
body size, whether you are drinking on an empty stomach, and what
kind of liquor you are drinking. For the West Windsor test, the
is an average-sized woman; her drink is equivalent to a 12-ounce
of beer or a mixed drink with a one-ounce shot of hard liquor.
Wolf starts drinking at 6:45 p.m. on an empty stomach and nibbles
pretzels while she finishes her second glass. At 7:45 p.m. Patrol
Officer Marylouise Dranchak runs the field tests. Wolf passes the
first two — assessing her balance and ability to follow
But she shows some signs of intoxification on the test called the
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or HGN, which tests the driver’s ability
to follow a lighted source from left to right. (The HGN is good at
detecting heavy drinkers who may be able to function normally
After two drinks, had she been stopped by Dranchak, Wolf would have
been allowed to proceed.
At 8:23 p.m. Wolf pours her third glass of wine and eat some more
pretzels. She fails the field tests, which would have earned her a
trip to the police station. At 8:57 p.m., 20 minutes after that glass
is empty, Wolf gets a breathalyzer test. The reading: 0.09, almost
there. And she waited an hour before drinking her third glass —
the score might have been higher if she had imbibed more quickly.
At 9:15 p.m. she finishes the fourth glass. At 9:40 p.m. the
test reads 0.16.
The law would have had no mercy: If caught and convicted you can
be subject to loss of license (six months to a year), substantial
fines ($250 to $400 plus $100 to the state’s DWI enforcement fund
plus nine points on your license and a doubling or more of your
insurance costs for three years), as well as mandatory attendance at
intoxicated driver resource center."
And if you get arrested and refuse the breathalyzer test, you are
guilty of violating the law that requires you to take the test, and
carries with it penalties identical to the drunk driving law. And
you could still be convicted of drunk driving based on the field
tests. And the penalties are consecutive.
Sixteen children learned that they can make a big
to other children around the world, says Susan Edwards, a
at Montgomery Commons. Many Rotarians learned this too. Edwards heads
the Rotary Club of Princeton’s project, the Paul Harris Children’s
Poster Card program to benefit the Rotary Foundation, which aims to
inoculate children worldwide and stamp out polio.
The poster card program began with a children’s drawing competition
on 16 variations with "Living Things Require Nurturing" as
a theme. "The concept is that children can remind adults what
is important," says Edwards. "They made drawings and wrote
a little essay or made comments, and when adults look at them they
are reminded of what is timeless, and everyone wins."
Sixteen children between the ages of seven and nine won the right
to have their drawings used on the greeting cards. Harwill-Express
Press in Hightstown printed the cards at a discount. Two of them
were made available to businesses, with personalized imprint, to use
as holiday cards. The contest ran in 1999 and card sales started last
An eight-pack of cards may be ordered online for $10 at
and be ordered in quantities — perhaps for use as invitations
or notecards — by calling Steve Portrude at Harwill-Express
Press at 609-443-5900. They also may be purchased by the pack at the
Princeton Historical Society or Bowhe & Peare on Palmer Square. A
profit of $6 per pack is being donated to the Rotary Foundation.
organizations can buy the packets "wholesale" for $7 and split
the proceeds with the foundation.
Two of the designs were sold as holiday greeting cards, imprinted
by businesses. "The U.S. 1 Business Directory was used to contact
almost 200 local businesses by mail," says Rotarian Bob
"and Rotary Club members approached businesses with which they
had contacts." The designs are now being promoted again as generic
"When adults see these cards, it is very obvious that this is
about love — love of animals, love of freedom, love of nature,
love of others," says Edwards, "things all of us need to
but often forget as we trample the daffodils on the way to the
Each child supplied words to explain his or her drawing. For instance,
in the category "Understanding that people can be different on
the outside and the same on the inside," Ryan Czepiel pictured
a globe with children of different races and the line "All the
people around the world are the same in our world." Under the
category: "Helping wild animals," Darielle Rocca wrote,
friend and I are helping a cat that we found in the wild about two
months ago. He was playing by a sewer. He is eating soft food and
he has one tick in his ear."
At the awards ceremony, the artists learned that their work could
help save children in other countries. "Something that a child
did in Princeton might help a child in Madagascar — that was
amazing to them," says Edwards. "It was a powerful
that they could do something to help in the world."
The Friends of the International Center will no longer be able to
sell UNICEF cards and gifts at the Princeton University Store or on
the Princeton University campus, says Henny Dekker, a board
member. "Instead, the Friends would like to direct their faithful
UNICEF buyers to go to Pier One, on Route 1 South, for this year’s
cards and gifts." For information, call 609-258-5006.
Anne Zuckerman of Edith’s Lingerie at 170 Nassau
Street has commissioned the design of a pin in the shape of a gold
running shoe with pink ribbons over the shoe laces. The sale of these
pins, for $8 each, benefits the Breast Cancer Resource Center of the
YWCA of Princeton. As part of an independent fundraising effort for
the center, the pins are also a reminder that early detection saves
lives. For information call 609-921-6059. Pins can be purchased by
phone and mailed.
State Bar Foundation have collaborated to publicize a little-known
program of the Social Security Administration entitled,
Disability." It entitles low-income people with AIDS, who have
applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, to collect
benefits and health insurance up to six months earlier. The form,
available from any Social Security District Office or downloaded from
the Community Health Law Project’s web page (www.chlp.org), must be
completed by a doctor and sent to a Social Security District Office
Brochures and posters have been mailed to New Jersey based AIDS
physicians, AIDS Service and Advocacy Organization, Social Security
District offices, Hospitals and County Medical Societies. For more
information, contact the hotline at 888-838-3180.
shoppers with information about the state’s free or low-cost health
insurance, as a part of NJ FamilyCare’s outreach and enrollment
efforts to offer quality affordable health insurance for uninsured
children and adults. The program includes coverage of uninsured
single adults, children, and couples without children for regular
doctor’s visits, hospitalization, physician care, lab and X-ray
prescription drugs, and mental health services. For information visit
www.njfamilycare.org or call 800-701-0710
Health Services raise $1.7 million for cancer education, screening,
prevention, and support programs by creating print ads and broadcast
spots and leveraging media relationships to place more than $260,000
in public service announcements about "Swim Across the Sound,"
an annual event.
been volunteering at Anchor House, the shelter for troubled children,
and they also sponsored an in-house miniature golf tournament to raise
more than $1,000. They also collected donations for Manna on Main
Street, an interfaith service organization located in Lansdale,
In another effort, they constructed and painted four children’s
to donate to daycare facilities.
to various medical associations for diabetes research and education
through the new NNPI Signature Wall program. More than 10,000
professionals have signed the Signature Wall, aiding the 250,000
of New Jersey who suffer from diabetes, and 16,000 that live in Mercer
County Community College a $416,206 award through the Carl D.
Vocational and Technical Education Grant. The grant will enable Mercer
to offer new services to disabled students for career planning,
access to technology that can help them succeed. It will also benefit
the aviation program, which will purchase a global positioning system,
and the horticulture program, for needed greenhouse equipment and
Club with a dinner dance for 60 people in November. More than half
of those attending won one of the donated door prizes. Named after
the comedian Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club offers a place for those with
cancer can get support, networking, education, and social
in a welcoming setting (www.gildasclub.org or call 201-457-1670).
to Better Beginnings, a child care center in Hightstown; donated
in scholarship to student employees, and contributed to the food drive
for Mercer County Street Friends this month.
State Road, spent one week last summer teaching school-age children
about the intricacies of the World Wide Web, by using of the website
owns much of the Carnegie Center property, has formed a scholarship
for the children of employees and will distribute $25,000 in new
annually. "We are proud to be investing in the future of our
says Mortimer B. Zuckerman, board chairman. The Citizens’ Scholarship
Foundation of America will monitor selection procedures.
of Jewish Women on Sunday, January 7, at 11 a.m. Jacquelyn Marich
and Shirley Ellison will receive the Hannah G. Solomon Award for their
work with Women Aware , a battered women’s resource in Middlesex
County. For reservations call 732-940-2265.
Road-based IT firm, hosted a holiday party for more than 125 clients
of Womanspace, Mercer County’s nonprofit agency that helps victims
of domestic violence. In addition to donations from merchants and
individual employees, the corporation contributed more than $1,700
in cash; toys and gifts were provided for each woman and child. The
party included face painting, decorating of gingerbread men, and
with Santa. Bristol-Myers Squibb provided gift bags of
for the women, and students from Princeton University offered
additional craft activities. To make a donation (by check or gift
certificate) to Womanspace call 609-394-9000.
<B>Annette B. Lanham, a nurse with American Red Cross
Blood Services, is offering to bring her "goal efficient
(GEM) blood collection unit to your workplace. To ask about scheduling
a GEM at your organization, call the Penn-Jersey Region at 800-GIVE
As a registered nurse, Lanham takes charge of every part of the blood
collection process, from making the appointments to offering
Lanham sets up her equipment in a conference room as, one by one,
without losing much time from their jobs, up to workers donate blood.
Among Princeton’s "GEM Corporate Angels" who ran mini
this fall are the Uniform Code Council, Commodities Corporation,
Options, N.T. Callaway Realtors, Saul Ewing LLC, NJHA Center for
Affairs, Jardine & Sayer, Chancellor Assisted Living, Hamilton Supply,
Visual Education Corp., and PERQ/HCI. Eden Family of Services, Capital
Health Systems’ finance department, and Sibson & Company sponsored
the bloodmobile for two days each.
A river pilot and a boiler operator are among the more
unusual volunteers needed to help create an educational boat ride
to teach the ecology and history of the Delaware River and canal
Bart Hoebel, the tree-growing owner of Little Valley Farm and
a professor at Princeton University, is trying to refit the 14-ton
Shawnee Princess steamboat, built as a replica in 1970, to be a
classroom. Also needed are a grant writer and a fund raiser. Call
Hoebel at 609-921-6612 or Email: email@example.com.
Road helped the organization incorporate as a 501-C-3 non-profit
C. J. Vanderbeck and Son of Hightstown helped to rehabilitate the
boiler. General Electric donated an unbreakable clear plastic,
Lexan, to shield passengers from the steam engine, and United Crane
Rentals donated the use of a crane to lift the steamboat onto a
60-foot trailer. A corporate sponsor is needed for boat repairs and
for its 2000/2001 campaign. United Way agencies have programs that
target the immediate and critical needs of the community. Year-round
monitoring of these agencies is conducted by volunteers to ensure
that 90 cents of every dollar contributed to a program is used
to fulfill grant commitments. The United Way serves to build a
community, but a financial commitment is essential to deploy these
programs. Call 609-637-4900.
identify alumni of Princeton High School who can help college seniors
who are having difficulty paying for college tuition. The 30-year-old
foundation gives grants of up to $4,000, based on need, to about 10
percent of the graduating class. Joe Seldner, vice president of
development at www.LawStreet.com in Edison, is the president of the
foundation. Donations from businesses and corporations would also
be welcome. Call 732-767-9500, extension 205.
with businesses, hospitals, and agencies to provide sites for student
internships. "We would also like to form an advisory board for
each small learning community," says Priscilla M. Dawson ,
principal. "The advisory board will provide information about
the latest trends in the industry, helping to establish standards
for our students and assisting in securing resources. Your
will make a difference." Call Mary Burks at 609-989-2425
or Mary White at 609-989-2474.
a program that pairs mentors and students on environmental studies.
"Through our one to one program, our workshops, and the assistance
we give to high school students as they apply to college, we are
to increase the confidence of high school students in their own
says Maureen J. Quinn, N.J. Project Director. "These
are developing and improving their critical thinking skills and time
management skills, improving their research and study skills, and
gaining opportunities for public speaking and teaching experiences
through our programs. Our staff and volunteers assist these students
by creating an environment in which our young people can grow into
self sufficient adults." Call 609-278-5844 or E-mail:
Shopping malls aren’t the only places offering gift
certificates this season. Mercer County College offers Certificates
for Lifelong Learning, covering short-term courses for personal or
professional development. Certificates start at $25 and go up to $100
or more. Choices include fitness, sports, writing, languages, arts,
humanities, horticulture, and career development with several courses
covering business and computers. For information, go to www.mccc.edu
or call 609-586-9446.
Montessori training for teachers is now available at
Mercer County College, which is partnering with the Montessori Teacher
Training Institute of New Jersey. Designed for educators, new
or parents, the program provides two certification options focusing
on the age groups of infant/toddler or early childhood. Call
The program covers the complete Montessori curriculum including child
development, didactic materials, classroom management, observation
and record keeping, and peace education. Courses include science,
social studies, language, the arts, administration, parent education
and observation. The session begins Thursday, January 4, and most
classes meet 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday evenings or
on Saturdays at the West Windsor campus.
While many students relish the winter school break as
an opportunity to ski, socialize or just hang out, some opt to take
courses in the wintersession semester, also known as
This three-week time slot could also work for someone who wants to
take an inexpensive "study vacation" from a nine-to-five job.
"The opportunity to complete a three- or four-credit course has
become very appealing to more than 1,000 students each year, either
to make up a course, to get ahead in their studies or just to take
the course they were never able to fit in," says Diane
director of admissions at Middlesex County College.
The three-week courses at Middlesex meet daily, most from 9 a.m. to
12 noon, starting December 28 and running though January 18. For a
complete course listing or to register, call 732-906-2523.
Job loss need not put a crimp in Christmas, according
to a global study, "Impact of Career Transition on Family,
and Health," conducted by Drake Beam Moran among its more than
3,000 career transition clients in 18 countries. The majority were
middle managers and senior executives between 30 and 50 years old.
Sixty percent of participants earned more than $75,000 while working;
86 percent had been the principal wage earner in their household.
Most of those surveyed had no great fear of long-term unemployment
and did not feel that they were vulnerable to stress. Nor did they
feel that family ties had suffered, personal relationships had been
damaged, or household spending squelched. It should be pointed out,
nevertheless, the Drake Beam Morin clients typically have worked for
Fortune 500 or 1000 companies, presumably have good separation
and are receiving effective outplacement services.
As DBM’s Mindy Mazer points out, the process of changing jobs
is rendered "more productive and effective with professional
Nearly 90 percent of respondents in the United States said they
from career transition services. Globally, 29 percent turned to a
financial advisor and 14 percent sought legal counsel. A small
turned to churches, religious groups, and psychologists for support.
Those who were experienced professionals with family responsibilities
believed that career transition could produce good opportunities.
Less than five percent in the study were "very concerned"
about the financial impact of their job loss, and 41 percent have
maintained their household spending habits. Only 15 percent of
in the United States were willing to relocate either domestically
or overseas for a new position compared to 53 percent in Latin
who were ready to move.
For information and to receive a copy of the study, E-mail:
or contact David Maus at 202-728-7476.
Business Leadership Award to honor small business customers for
and forward thinking. Ten nominees will be chosen. Winners will
a $10,000 cash award, and the bank will donate $10,000 in the
name to a designated charity. Call 877-624-4848 for nomination forms
before January 31, and entries are due by February. An awards ceremony
will be held in Bermuda in June.
entries for the 2001 Impact Awards Competition in categories ranging
from print advertising to websites. Membership in the organization
is not required. Entries must be postmarked by February 9, and the
award dinner is Tuesday, April 24, at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.
Fees are $85 for non-members; go to www.bma-nj.com or call Ann
Fody at 914-895-9108.
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